We interviewed one of our Brazilian students, Daniely Cavalcanti, who has spent a year studying BEng Civil Engineering at USW. Daniely shared with us her overall experience about living in Wales and studying at the University. Here is what she said:
Why did you choose this course?
I’ve already studied this in Brazil for 2 years and my year in USW was an exchange. As our government sponsors our studies here, they’ve provided a list of universities in the UK.
Why did you choose USW?
I liked the campus and the previous students’ comments. And because it’s in Wales and this country is absolutely lovely!
What do you think about your campus location?
Good, Treforest is relatively close to Cardiff.
What do you think about the teaching staff on your course?
They are really good on teaching and really open to whatever we need to talk to them.
What do you think about the facilities available to you during your course?
Everything was perfect.
Are you happy with the support available to you?
Immigration and International Student Advice really helped me feel welcome even before I arrived here. They organized trips to some places in the UK and were always available to help me.
Where do you live and do you like your Accommodation?
I spent my year in Glamorgan Court. The rooms are really good, having your own bathroom is also really helpful.
Did you attend International Welcome Programme? If so, what did you enjoy the most?
Yes, the parties in Eclipse were good, I’ve got the chance to make a lot of friends and have a really great time.
What has been your best experience at USW so far?
Getting to know a lot of international people, it’s amazing how people can be so different. I’ve made some really close friends and we had a great time together.
Have you done any travelling while you’ve been studying with us? If so, where did you go?
Yes, I travelled a lot. I went to France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Italy and Portugal.
How do you think your experience studying at USW will help you after you return to Brazil?
This year abroad made me grow so much and made me respect others even more. Living together with people so different from you can be really hard if you don’t appreciate the fact that everyone was educated in a different way from you.
What do you think about Wales?
I love it! Definitely would live here for the rest of my life. Welsh people are so nice, helpful and funny!
What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of studying at USW?
You won’t regret it! Facilities, courses and staff are amazing, you’ll feel home here!